Thursday, February 21, 2019

There's something about bees . . .

I can't resist a good bee! Combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts bees and honeycomb with this new line from Prima was a sure-thing!

Wanting to layer tags, I used 2 different sizes of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts tags:  one from the XL Tag Set and one from the Large Tag Set. Each was covered with Prima's Spring Farm House paper.

The XL Tag was inked with Archival Coffee Ink. I used archival ink because I knew I was going to be spraying with water based sprays and didn't want the ink to run.

The Large Tag had a couple of treatments. You can see in the photo above that I first used clear crackle on the edge of the tag. Then sprayed it with 3 different colors of spray until I got the desired color. (I got so carried away with working on these that I forgot to take step-by-step photos.) All the layers were popped up with black Crafty Foam Tape.

 You can also see in the photo above that I used Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Honeycomb & Bees. I used the honeycomb from the Small Set and the bee from the Large Set.

I painted the honeycomb with several colors of acrylic paint: First a coat of Quinadridone Gold; then a bit of Payne's Gray around the edges followed by a mix of white with the gold to lighten it up a bit.

Once the paint was dry, I used Seth Apter's Vintage Bees Wax on top of it all.

The bee was sprayed with a yellow spray then I used a Tim Holtz splatter stencil and painted dark brown spots. His body is made of an antique vial and a crown pin from Prima Marketing.

I needed a filler at the top of the tag so used Gypsy Soul's Leafy Cluster. One was sprayed with a light green spray and one with a dark green spray. After the paint dried, I used a cluster stamp with Coffee colored ink and stamped on top of the leaves. And of course followed that up with Seth Apter's Vintage Bees Wax.

After adding some ephemera from the Spring Farm House collection and a sprig of *I don't know what*, the tag is complete.

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  1. I really love the levels of layering... the colors are exquisite and I too adore bees!! Fantastic project!!

  2. Nancy, this is just brimming with beautiful details. I love how how kept some of the hexagons in. The crown, the wings and the colors are perfection.